§ 118. Dame Irene Ward
asked the Minister of Transport in what respects the new railway supplementation award to superannuitants is an improvement on its predecessors; and whether the award takes account of the two last Pensions (Increases) Acts or only the 1965 Act.
§ Mr. John Morris
The latest Railways Board scheme increases all existing supplments and makes provision for the first time for supplementation to super annuitants who retired after 30th June, 1958, and for widows, thus doubling the number of beneficiaries. It is designed to provide supplements to mitigate losses in purchasing power since the pensions were awarded, taking account of the Board's own financial position and the fact that increases have been granted to public service pensioners by successive Pensions (Increase) Acts.